By Susan Brower, Wilder Research
The Minnesota Compass project website makes available a host of data and other resources in a user-friendly, easy-to-navigate, one-stop shop. It provides data, offers commentary and insight from nonpartisan experts, and points to a variety of initiatives for local communities to try. Included are some strategies that are based on research evidence of what works and what does not. The project covers 87 counties, seven regions, major cities and the State of Minnesota as a whole.
The data found on the site are organized around ten topic areas:
Economy and workforce
In each topic area there are 2-4 “Key measures,” or indicators, that were selected by expert advisors from the academic, corporate, non-profit, and public sectors of our community.
In addition to the 10 topic areas, Compass provides detailed demographic data, major trend information, and analysis of what they might mean for communities across the state. With a special focus on addressing disparities, Compass shows indicators data for age, race, place, income, and gender whenever possible. The data are provided in graphs and tables, and all data tables are available for download as CSV files.
Compass is led by Wilder Research, a division of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. More than 400 people have shared their expertise in the development of Compass.